Two Napa label printers acquire high-tech presses

NAPA – Two wine label printers have made significant equipment upgrades this summer with a new class of digital printing presses and one that reduces waste through automation.

[caption id="attachment_15915" align="alignright" width="288" caption="Metro Label California brought into production one of the first digital offset printing presses made by Xeikon of Belgium."][/caption]

Metro Label California, part of the Toronto-based Metro Label Group, brought into production one of the first digital offset printing presses made by Xeikon of Belgium and sold off its sheet-fed press.

"We had to get rid of the sheet-fed system because it was extremely labor-intensive," said Rick Novosad, purchasing quality manager. "The decision was made to sell off the sheet-fed press and bring in a top-of-the-line digital press."

The company knew it was going to lose some of that business, but sticker-type labels, commonly called pressure-sensitive labels, are increasing in popularity among vintners, he said.


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